Friday, December 12, 2008

Support the arts

Nationally: DonorsChoose.org

Teachers ask for classroom project materials.
You choose a project to bring to life.
Students learn and thank you with letters and photos.
DonorsChoose.org is a simple way to provide students in need with resources that our public schools often lack. At this not-for-profit web site, teachers submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn. These ideas become classroom reality when concerned individuals, whom we call Citizen Philanthropists, choose projects to fund.

Proposals range from "Magical Math Centers" ($200) to "Big Book Bonanza" ($320), to "Cooking Across the Curriculum" ($1,100). Any individual can search such proposals by areas of interest, learn about classroom needs, and choose to fund the project(s) they find most compelling. In completing a project, donors receive a feedback package of student photos and thank-you notes, and a teacher impact letter.
http://www.donorschoose.org/homepage/main.html?zone=0

Locally: Holiday Fair at SF Center for the Book
Fri Dec 12 6pm-8pm - Sat Dec 13 12pm-5pm
Do your holiday shopping at the Center. We'll have gifts for sale by a wide variety of printers, bookbinders, book artists, and other craftspeople, as well as 2009 calendars from members of the Pacific Center for the Book Arts. Browse the artist's books and journals, handmade and decorative papers, calligraphy and book making supplies, holiday cards, and lots more. See below for a list of participating vendors. Vendor tables are sold out for this event.

http://sfcb.org/index.php

From Greg Dewar's N-Judah Chronicles: Holiday Bazaar

If you take the N down Irving Street, by now you've noticed the "Yes We Can" house. Now, the mural alone is cool, but even cooler is the fact that the folks who own the house have sponsored some really nice community events this year.

Earlier they had a fun "Summer Solstice" celebration, and now, for the holidays, they are hosting an "Underground Bazaar" with crafts made by local artisans on Sunday, December 14th, from noon to 5pm.

Not only can you find some potentially fun handmade items to give away for the holidays, you can also meet some of your neighbors and enjoy a fun Sunday afternoon in the neighborhood. Here are the details:
Underground Bazaar December 12th from 12pm to 5pm
25+ Talented Artisans offering their Personal, Hand-Made Treasures!
Pillows, Clothing, Jewelry, Toys, Notebooks, Painted Shoes,
Note Cards, Soaps, Wall Art, Accessories, Candles ... ALL hand made!
*NO charge to attend*
Complimentary Mulled Wine, Hot Chocolate & Cookies
http://www.njudahchronicles.com/

2 comments:

Sheree Rensel said...

Nancy,
It is great you promoted the DonorsChoose.org website. I don't think people realize how many teachers need financial help with projects. I spend THOUSANDS of my own money on my classroom projects. In any giving year, I am out buying this or that just to get projects done. All this adds up very quickly. I am luckier than most because I don't have a family of my own so I can afford to be generous. However, there are a lot of teachers in need out there and websites like this are so wonderful!
:-)

namastenancy said...

Years ago I bought a button that said "Art Saves Lives." I've always believe that and live by that and try to support art whenever I can. It saddens me to know that arts programs are among the most vulnerable in our vulnerable schools and that the poorest kids - who need life affirming projects - will get them the least. I gave $50 to the "Yes Virginia, there is art in schools" and sent e-mails to all my friends. Even if they can only give $5 or $10 (and one of them can afford a lot more), it all adds up.